Lakers Never Broached Trade Execution Timing With Pelicans During Negotiations

Florence Fletcher
June 20, 2019

Lakers center Moritz Wagner could be on the move as part of the Anthony Davis trade.

The Lakers will have just $23.6 million in cap space if the trade is executed on July 6th, but $32.5 million if executed in August.

The Los Angeles Lakers have already put together one of the biggest pieces of their 2019 offseason puzzle by trading for Anthony Davis, pairing one of the NBA's best bigs with LeBron James.

You might have heard the Lakers still need to add players - many players - in 2019 National Basketball Association free agency.

The Lakers also could have asked Anthony Davis to waive his $4.1 milloin trade kicker. "The Lakers would use the cap space before officially completing the Davis deal". In exchange for Anthony Davis, the Pelicans received three young stars from the LA Lakers roster- Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart.

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The Lakers don't need to match salaries with the Pelicans in the Davis trade, because LA is far enough under the salary cap to absorb Davis' salary.

The Lakers are pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, understanding they need avenues to acquire cheap talent and contracts that will count only as minimum salaries against the cap, league sources said.

It has been a while since the Lakers were in the playoffs and even longer since they were champions. This includes options such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker, among others, although nothing official has been reported on the team's interest in them.

Teams are allowed to pay as much as $5.2 million to buy draft picks in a calendar year.

ESPN reports the team is working hard to come up with a trade plan that can net them another max salary spot.

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